Parramatta Park

Old Government House

Parramatta Park, Pitt Street entrance.

Old Government House is the oldest remaining public building in Australia and one of the most historically significant. The history of the UNESCO World Heritage listed site extends back to within a few months of the establishment of the penal colony and Sydney Cove in January 1788 and is closely associated with all the early Governors of New South Wales, prior to the granting of responsible government in 1856. The house also contains a major collection of Australian colonial furniture.

Friends of Old Government House

The Friends of Old Government House and Experiment Farm Cottage is a volunteer-run body which assists with the maintenance of the House and its collection by raising funds through social occasions, ‘ghost tours’, informative lectures and exhibitions. For more information about these events and this organisation, visit Friends of Old Government House.

Guided Tours

Old Government House is open for guided tours, Tuesday to Sunday and most public holidays, 10am-4.30pm. The house is open for group bookings only on Mondays.  See Friends of Old Government House for details.


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